A flat tire affects steering and could permanently dent the wheel’s rim, so it requires towing. Whether you’re on the way to work or to visit a friend, this issue is inconvenient. Luckily, following the steps in this guide can help you stay safe on the road.
How to Avoid Tire Blowouts
1. Monitor the Pressure
Incorrect tire pressure increases the risk of blowouts. While newer vehicles have pressure monitors, they may only warn drivers of dangerous underinflation. Visual inspections alone are similarly unreliable.
Check the pressure of all units at least once a month. Consult the vehicle’s manual for the recommended pound per square inch (psi) and use a pressure gauge to ensure all tires are within that range.
2. Minimize Strain
Regular wheel rotation prevents uneven wear patterns on tread, which may make certain parts of the tires more susceptible to damage. Consult the manual to determine how often to schedule rotation.
Additionally, pay attention to the maximum weight capacity of the car, also listed on the manual. Overloading puts excess pressure on the tires, making them deflate. When you plan to carry a heavier load than usual, increase the pressure to the upper values in the recommended range to support the load.
3. Avoid Road Debris
Poorly maintained roads often have cracks and potholes than contain sharp asphalt pieces. Nails, metal, and glass can also puncture the rubber and lead to a flat.
While certain hazards are unavoidable and difficult to spot, you can generally lower your chances of developing a flat by driving over smooth pavement. Pick alternate routes when you know there is construction or potholes ahead. Additionally, drive slowly and with at least a 3-second following distance to give yourself time to avoid any objects that fall from the car in front of you.
If you get a flat despite your best efforts, turn to M & R Automotive Service Center in Geneseo, NY. For over two decades, this automotive service has provided prompt towing to drivers in the area. They’ll take the vehicle to their shop to restore the wheels and get you back on the road as soon as possible. Call (585) 243-1201 to request assistance, or browse their services online.